George Michael Moser, an English enameller, born in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, about 1705, died in England, Jan. 23, 1783. According to Sir Joshua Reynolds, he excelled in his profession, had a universal knowledge in all branches of painting and sculpture, and "may truly be said in every sense to have been the father of the present race of artists." He was an original member of the royal academy, and for many years keeper of that institution, in which capacity he instructed the students in drawing and modelling from the antique. - His daughter Mary (Lloyd), distinguished as a flower painter, was the only woman, with the exception of Angelica Kauffmann, ever a member of the royal academy. She died at an advanced age, May 2, 1819.
George Moberly, an English bishop, born in 1803. He graduated at Oxford in 1825, and became successively fellow and tutor of Balliol college, public examiner, and select preacher before the university. In 1835 he was appointed head master of Winchester school. In 1868 he was the Bampton lecturer, and in 1869 he was made bishop of Salisbury. His numerous publications include "Introduction to Logic " (1838); " Sermons preached at Winchester College" (2 vols., 1844-'8); "Sayings of the Great Forty Days, with an Examination of Mr. Newman's Theory of Development" (1846; 4th ed., 1871); "Studies and Discipline of Public Schools " (1861); " The Administration of the Holy Spirit in the Body of Christ" (Bampton lectures, 1868); and " Brightstone Sermons" (1869).
George Morland, an English painter, born in London about 1764, died there, Oct. 29, 1804. His father was an artist, under whose direction he made pictures and drawings for sale. When 21 he left his father's house and pursued his art alone, reaching the full maturity of his powers about 1790, after which period he gave himself up to intemperance and profligacy. During the last few years of his life he was seldom sober, and painted only to supply his actual necessities. Many of his later works were executed in sponging houses, in one of which he died. His subjects were generally selected from low life, and he acquired an astonishing skill in painting domestic animals, especially pigs. He was also very successful in delineating the more common species of English landscape. His execution deteriorated greatly toward the close of his life, but his pictures were nevertheless in such demand that a regular manufactory of imitations of them was established by his brother Henry.
George Onslow, a French composer, born in Clermont, Auvergne, July 27, 1784, died there, Oct. 3, 1853. He studied music under Hull-mandel, Dussek, and Cramer, was instructed in harmony by Reicha, and devoted himself to composition. His life was passed mainly upon his estate in Auvergne. He left three operas. L'Alcade de la Vega was brought out at the Th6atre Feydeau in 1824, Le colporteur in 1827, and Le due de Guise in 1837. Neither these nor his symphonies were successful, but his quartets and quintets for stringed instruments were more popular. He succeeded Cherubini as a member of the academy of fine arts. Halévy pronounced his eulogy before this body.